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Players union to meet with agents

By Brent Read 13/02/2004 05:32:18 AM Comments (0)

Rugby league's players union will resume its testy relationship with the agents next week on the condition a group of their clients are present at the meeting.

Rugby League Professionals Association (RLPA) president Tony Butterfield confirmed the meeting, with the recently-formed Player Managers' Executive (PME), over the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement would go ahead.

However, he said several players would need to be present at that meeting.

The tension between the two parties threatens to delay the finalisation of the CBA, which has become rugby league's white whale.

"What I have done is I have made (the meeting) conditional...that they have a number of their clients in attendance," Butterfield said.

"The agents must recognise that the association is charged with the responsibility of conducting these negotiations and we will talk to them when it is appropriate."

The PME met with NRL officials, including chief operating officer Graham Annesley, in Sydney and raised their concerns over not having access to the latest draft of the CBA.

The NRL later sent an email to the RLPA saying it would have no objection to the PME being shown the document.

"For us to give considered opinion we obviously have to see it," PME president John Fordham said.

"It's clearly impractical for this meeting to take place unless we see this.

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